I left Arcata, California in January of 2013 and headed to Cameroon, West Africa in search of whitewater. As I was packing my bags I received an email from my friend Haven Livingston. She had just had written an article for International Rivers on “Citizen Science” and went on to tell me about the work ASC was doing.
Excited about adding value to the kayaking expedition as well as helping out others with their research, I filled out the info request on the ASC website. Within a short time ASC had connected my exploratory whitewater kayaking expedition with a group of scientists who were looking to study beetle specimens from the area. After a Skype meeting with ASC in the U.S. and a scientist currently in Kenya, I started collecting beetles.
ASC did a great job pairing the two projects. In total a local entomologist, Mefondo Divine Lyonga, and I have collected over 50 beetles of 10 species from 4 different regions of Cameroon!
For more information on the Cameroon Expedition go to: www.chutesducameroun.com and Sperry Top-Sider’s www.passionforthesea.com